Hagel, Defense Leaders Induct Soldier Into Hall of Heroes

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talks with Medal of Honor recipient former Army Capt. William D. Swenson before the ceremony to induct Swenson into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013. Swenson received the medal for his efforts during combat operations in Afghanistan’s Kunar province, Sept. 8, 2009. DOD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler
  • Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III places the Medal of Honor on former Army Capt. William D. Swenson before he participates in the ceremony to induct him into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler
  • Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson, Medal of Honor recipient, prepares for a ceremony to induct him into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson, Medal of Honor recipient, prepares for a ceremony to induct him into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, center left, and other defense leaders stand at the start of a ceremony to induct former Army Capt. William D. Swenson into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson places his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem at the ceremony to induct him into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013.
 DOD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler
  • Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson listens during a ceremony to induct him into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Medal of Honor recipient former Army Capt. William D. Swenson, facing back, applauds Marines with whom he served during the ceremony to induct him into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel listens to remarks during the ceremony to induct Medal of Honor recipient former Army Capt. William D. Swenson into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013.
 DOD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel makes  remarks at the ceremony to induct Medal of Honor recipient former Army Capt. William D. Swenson into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013.
 DOD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler
  • From left to right, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Army Secretary John M. McHugh, former Army Capt. William D. Swenson, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III stand during the ceremony to induct Swenson, a Medal of Honor recipient, into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013.  DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Medal of Honor Hall recipient former Army Capt. William D. Swenson holds a frame with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during the ceremony to induct Swenson into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013. The frame contains a portrait and information about Swenson. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno unveils the Hall of Heroes plaque at an induction ceremony for Medal of Honor recipient former Army Capt. William D. Swenson at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013  
 DOD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler
  • Medal of Honor recipient former Army Capt. William D. Swenson stands as Army Secretary John M. McHugh looks on during the ceremony to induct Swenson into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel applauds after presenting the Medal of Honor flag to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson during a ceremony to induct Swenson into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler
  • Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel looks at Medal of Honor recipient former Army Capt. William D. Swenson as he  holds the Medal of Honor flag during the ceremony to induct Swenson into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, second from left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, applauds during the ceremony to induct former Army Capt. William D. Swenson into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013.  DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson stands before a crowd during the ceremony to induct him into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013.
 DOD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler
  • Medal of Honor recipient former Army Capt. William D. Swenson offers remarks after he was inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013.  DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Medal of Honor recipient former Army Capt. William D. Swenson leaves the podium after making remarks during the ceremony to induct him into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp
  • Marines who served with former Army Capt. William D. Swenson applaud during the ceremony to induct Swenson into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013.
 DOD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler
  • Former Army Capt. William D. Swenson embraces a Marine with whom he served in Afghanistan during the ceremony to induct him into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 16, 2013. DOD photo by U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Aaron Hostutler